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Thousands of Canadians in path of extreme storms: Global Affairs Canada

Thousands of Canadians are in the path of extreme weather expected to hit the U.S. and Southeast Asia, according to Global Affairs Canada.

Department says it is ready to provide consular assistance to Canadians if required

Body surfer Andrew Vanotteren, of Savannah, Ga., crashes into waves from Hurricane Florence on Wednesday on the south beach of Tybee Island, Ga. Ottawa says hundreds of Canadians have registered as being in areas where extreme weather is expected to hit the U.S. and Southeast Asia. (Stephen B. Morton/The Associated Press)

Thousands of Canadians are in the path of extreme weather expected to hit the U.S. and Southeast Asia, according to Global Affairs Canada.

A total of 440 Canadians have registered in areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, while 3,446 Canadians have registered in areas expected to be impacted by Typhoon Mangkhut.

It says 149 Canadians have registered in areas that could be affected by tropical storm Isaac.

Global Affairs noted that registration is voluntary, so the numbers are only estimates.

The department says it is ready to provide consular assistance to Canadians if required, and travel to the U.S. East Coast should be avoided, especially from Edisto Beach in South Carolina to Duck, N.C.

Forecasters still aren't sure where exactly Hurricane Florence will make landfall, but they expect it will cover the North Carolina and South Carolina line.

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